On the Radio

Week of May 28, 2017

Bryce Canyon

Parks and Recreation

May 28, 2017
(was 07.24.2016)

"We live by wild mercy," Terry Tempest Williams writes. In this hour, she takes us to some of her favorite national parks, from Big Bend to Arches. We also explore the desert wilderness of Utah's Escalante area, and hear about a father and daughter's remarkable adventure into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Lauret Savoy says the American landscape also has a complicated history that can't be separated from the country's racism. And Robert Moor talks about the wisdom of trails.

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  1. A Father and Daughter Venture Into the Alaskan Wild

    Aidan Campbell was 15 when she butchered a caribou at -35 degrees. Now she's 17 and she's already made three trips deep into the Alaskan wilderness with her dad, James. They describe some of their hair-raising adventures into places that few people go. 

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  2. Terry Tempest Williams on National Parks

    Losing yourself in wilderness can also be a way of finding yourself, and one place you can do that is in our national parks. Renowned nature writer Terry Tempest Williams reflects on her love for these parks - especially those with desert landscapes.

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  3. Desert Mind

    Where do you go if you want to see dinosaur footprints, ancient rock art and remote desert wilderness? There's no better place than the Grand Staircase-Escalanate National Monument in southern Utah. Steve and Anne spent an afternoon exploring this area with nature guide Nate Waggoner - and they came away with a new appreciation of deep time.

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  4. Land, Race, Memory

    Nature is more than pristine meadows and eroded canyons. There's also a history of how people have shaped and sometimes fought over the land. Lauret Savoy uncovers this shadow history and the racism that's embedded in the American landscape.

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  5. The Wisdom of Trails

    Any hiker has to wonder about the trails they walk on. Who made them? And why does the trail follow this particular route? Robert Moor has traveled around the world exploring animal and fossil trails, and he's investigated ancient roads and neural networks. He says paths embody a deep wisdom.

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whole hog at Wilbur's Barbecue

Barbecue

May 28, 2017
(was 07.12.2015)

Supersized slabs of juicy ribs cooked over a wood fire until the meat slides right off the bone. Food doesn't get more American than barbecue. It's part of our roots. And it's tangled up in our racial history. In this hour, we celebrate barbecue and explore its secret history.

  1. Barbecue: America's National Folk Food

    John T. Edge is the Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and a James Beard Award-winning writer. He says we're living in a Golden Age of barbecue and he talks about barbecue's troubled racial history.

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  2. The Queen of Barbecue

    Helen Turrner is the "Queen of Barbecue," the owner and pitmaster of Helen's Bar-B-Q in Brownsville, Tennessee. She's one of the few women pitmasters.

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  3. Barbecue and Racism

    Historian Andrew Warnes is the author of "Savage Barbecue: Race, Culture, and the Invention of America's First Food." He talks about the undercurrents of racism in the history of barbecue.

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  4. KC BBQ

    Doug Worgul works for Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Olathe, Kansas. He's also a writer and the author of a barbecue novel called, "Thin Blue Smoke." He explains what makes Kansas City style barbecue different from other styles.

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  5. Man Alive!: Struck by Barbecue

    How's this for a novel premise? Owen Lerner is a pediatric psychiatrist. One day, he's struck by lightning. He survives but he has a new obsession -- with barbecue. That's the premise behind Mary Kay Zuravleff's novel, "Man Alive!" She talks about its inspiration and the book's themes.

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